Condoleezza Rice speaks at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC. Report, Video, Photos
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Rice urges JCSU grads to challenge assumptions
Now teaching at Stanford, she returned to speak at her father’s alma mater.http://news14.com/charlotte-news-104-content/local_news/625333/condoleezza-rice-speaks-to-grads-at-johnson-c--smith(The linked to web-page contains a 1 minute 38 seconds News 14 Carolina report)CHARLOTTE – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addressed graduates at Johnson C. Smith University Sunday.In 2005, she became the first black woman to serve in the office under President George W. Bush. Sunday, she shared her journey from then-segregated Birmingham, Ala., to the international spotlight."Knowing that in that crowd today, will be people who will do what I've done, what President Obama has done and maybe even more is the excitement of today," Rice said during a press conference after her speech.It's all possible, Rice said, because of the education these graduates have received. She told them that with that privilege comes great responsibility to follow their passions, be humble and serve others."You have to take the next opportunity in front of you, enjoy it, do you your very best and be open to the twist and turns life will take," Rice said.Rice's message resonated with parents."He needs to know something about the past history," parent Maxwell Marray said. "What he got today, I think will help him."Rice said she's had a connection to Johnson C. Smith ever since she was a child; her father graduated in 1946, then returned for seminary."I remember visiting here as a little girl," Rice said. "There are fond memories of me being here with my parents."Rice said the lessons they taught her are worth passing on to future generations."In the 21st century, coming from humble circumstances and doing great things, the bridge between them is education," Rice said.Rice for President Yahoo Group"Condoleezza Rice for President in 2012. Join this group of supporters from everywhere on the world wide web."